PACE committee supports amendment to apply Geneva Convention to captured Ukrainian sailors – MP

13:20, 24 January 2019
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Deputy Chairman of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction, member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Oleksii Honcharenko says the PACE Political Committee has supported two of the three amendments to the draft resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait related to Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian security forces on November 25.

"The PACE Political Committee has just considered the Ukrainian amendments to the resolution on the Sea of Azov. I had the honor to report on them. It was decided to support two of the three Ukrainian amendments," he wrote on Facebook on January 24.

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According to Honcharenko, the amendment with regard to the term "prisoners of war" in relation to the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait was replaced with one that requires treating them in line with the requirements of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention.

The Geneva Convention defines the term prisoners of war, so legally, this provides the same result, the official added.

Moreover, the Ukrainian sailors' lawyer, Nikolay Polozov, supported the wording as well, he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the draft resolution, titled "The escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security" was expected to be considered during an urgent debate at the PACE session on Thursday, January 24.

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